Post-Holiday Recycling!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season! For information regarding Christmas tree recycling, how to safely recycle old Christmas lights, and wrapping paper recycling, see below!

Wrapping paper

Most gift wrap is recyclable, except plastic wraps or metallic papers. All cardboard and paperboard packaging is also recyclable. Please reuse ribbons and bows or discard in the trash.  If you do not have curbside recycling where you live, you may utilize the Town of Normal’s drop-off locations.

Christmas trees

Residents of Bloomington and Normal enrolled in those municipalities’ waste collection programs may dispose of their real (non-artificial) Christmas tree by placing it at the curb for collection on your regularly scheduled waste collection day. As these trees will be chipped into mulch, please be sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, etc. Please do not put your tree or any other waste in the street.

For residents outside of Bloomington or Normal, please check with your local municipality for tree collection options. If you do not have tree collection service at your home or in your municipality, Twin City Wood Recycling will accept your tree for chipping into mulch at their facility at 1606 W Oakland Avenue in Bloomington at a cost of $2 per tree. Call (309) 827-9663 for more information and operating hours.

Christmas lights & other e-waste

Illinois law bans most consumer electronics from landfills–they must be recycled instead. Residents can recycle strings of Christmas lights, cords, and related electronic items, regardless of condition, at one of the many locations listed below.

Did Santa bring you a new TV? Note that only two local sites now accept the older tube-style CRT TVs and monitors for recycling. See “Items Accepted” for each of the e-waste recycling collection points below.

Location: Best Buy, 2103 N Veterans Pkwy Suite 200, Bloomington, 309-663-8090
Items Accepted: Computers, computer accessories, monitors, televisions up to 32″ (flatscreens up to 60″), all types of radios, VCRs, cameras, etc. Damaged or non-working items accepted. Customers are limited to bringing in 3 units per day per household.
Items Not Accepted: appliances, microwaves, TVs that are consoles, rear-projections, or DLPs or larger than 32″, items with freon such as air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators. No business generated waste.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am-8:00 pm

Location: Home Sweet Home Warehouse Operations, 1700 W Washington St., Bloomington, 309-828-1530
Items Accepted: Computers, laptops, printers, fax, scanners, copiers, peripherals, phone systems, all types of radios, VCRs,
Microwaves, toaster ovens, hair dryers, curling irons, cash registers, cameras, blenders, and other small appliances. Damaged or non-working items accepted. All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories
All of the small computer accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand- held scanners, handheld games and other connected devices. All forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, and virtually all other type of computer tapes (ONLY at Mission Mart location)
Items Not Accepted: No CRT (tube-style) TVs or monitors, no VHS tapes or audio cassettes, no business-generated waste
Hours: Monday-Saturday 8:00 am-4:00 pm, 24 hour drop-off

Location: Habitat For Humanity ReStore, 1402 W Washington, Bloomington, 309-454-6047
Items Accepted: Computers, laptops, printers, fax, scanners, copiers, peripherals, phone systems, all types of radios, VCRs, Microwaves, toaster ovens, hair dryers, curling irons, cash registers, cameras, blenders, and other small appliances. Damaged or non-working items accepted. All forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, and virtually all other type of computer tapes. All forms of printer cartridges including both inkjet and toner. All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories. All of the small computer accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand- held scanners, handheld games and other connected devices.
Items Not Accepted: No CRT (tube-style) TVs or monitors, no VHS tapes or audio cassettes, no business generated waste
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am-4:00 pm

Location: Normal Public Works Garage, 1301 Warriner St., Normal, 309-454-9571
Items Accepted: Computers, laptops,televisions, monitors, printers, fax, scanners, copiers, peripherals, phone systems, all types of radios, VCRs, microwaves, toaster ovens, hair dryers, curling irons, cash registers, cameras, blenders, and other small appliances. Damaged or non-working items accepted.
All forms of electronic media: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs et al, game cartridges, DAT, DLT, and virtually all other type of computer tapes. All forms of printer cartridges including both inkjet and toner. All types of cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories. All of the small computer accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand- held scanners, handheld games and other connected devices.
Items Not Accepted: No VHS tapes or audio cassettes, no business generated waste
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 am-2:30 pm; the first Saturday of every month 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Summer hours 6:00 am-1:30 pm (Memorial Day through Labor Day)

For more information on recycling, hazardous waste disposal, and more, you can always consult other sections of this or call us at 309-454-3169.

Home, Lawn and Garden Day 2018

Home, Lawn and Garden Day 2018

Turn March into magic with educational classes, inspirational speakers, and horticulture treasures from a variety of exceptional businesses and artisans at the 16th Annual Home, Lawn and Garden Day sponsored by University of Illinois Extension McLean County Master Gardeners. This event will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at Central Catholic High School, Bloomington. Pre-registration is required before February 21.

Attendees select four workshops from 38 trending horticulture topics and also attend the welcome and keynote sessions. University of Illinois Extension Master Gardner Coordinator, Sandy Mason, will open the morning by motivating us all with “High Impact: Low Work Shrubs for you Flower Garden” through planting more perennials for less maintenance. Susan Martin, keynote speaker, garden communicator and consultant, will talk on “Gold Standard Perennials” and how to choose the best perennials for your garden. A $50 registration fee includes workshops, vendors and exhibitors, lunch, door prizes, and silent auction. For more information and to register online, please visit go.illinois.edu/HLGD.

Registration is open January 8 through February 21. For more information about the program, please contact us at University of Illinois Extension McLean County Office at (309) 663-8306.

Sugar Creek Stewards Workday

 

Come join us for our January workday along Sugar Creek! We need help improving Sugar Creek in designated areas throughout Bloomington and Normal, by clearing invasive plant species and managing the non-invasive plants. scs logo

The next workday is Saturday, January 20, from 9 am – 12 pm. 

Volunteers must be 18 years old or older (or 14 and accompanied by a parent or guardian) and be able to hike along uneven terrain and safely use basic hand tools such as loppers and bow saws. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own work gloves and (reusable) bottle of water. We typically have scheduled work days the 3rd Saturday of the month throughout the year – invasive species never sleep, so neither can we!

The Sugar Creek Stewards is part of the Ecology Action Center’s Clean Water programming, and is supported by the City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal. For more information, contact us.

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Details on worksite and meeting location will be provided to registered volunteers prior to the workday. To become a regular EAC volunteer and be automatically contacted for future Sugar Creek Steward workdays and other volunteer opportunities, register at EAC-Volunteer. Otherwise, please fill out the registration form below!

Slice of Lifelong Learning

The Ecology Action Center is presenting on “Energy Efficiency for Homeowners” as part of the Heartland Community College Continuing Education Slice of Lifelong Learning free event!

Come sample a variety of  courses offered through Continuing Education, visit the booths of a variety of community organizations, and sit in on presentations like the EAC’s!

Kris Hall Retirement Open House

Please join us in congratulating EAC’s Education Coordinator Kris Hall upon her retirement!  A lifelong educator, Kris has spent the past eight years teaching youth and adults alike about the importance of reducing waste, recycling what can’t be reduced, protecting our local water supplies from pollution, and how to live more sustainably in general.  Prior to coming to the Ecology Action Center, Kris was Education Coordinator at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington for 22 years.

Over the course of her career, Kris has been a positive influence to over 200,000 individuals, helping shape the everyday practices and habits of multiple generations of local residents in order to take better care of our local environment.  Please join us for refreshments at the Ecology Action Center to send her off as she and her husband Mike turn their part-time passion for travel into a full-time avocation.

Optional: RSVP via Facebook

 

Smart Energy Workshop

Are you interested in saving money on energy bills and reducing your environmental impact?
Join us to learn more about your Smart Energy options.
We will help to clear the confusion around incentives, rebates, hourly pricing, smart meters, electrical grid updates, and more.

Contact Kathy Gossard at 309-662-5745.

Results from 2017 McLean County HHW Collection released

The EAC’s fall 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection was a huge success, building upon the successful events of 2015 and 2012.  The event saw a record-breaking 3,022 households participate, many taking advantage of carpooling their materials with neighbors.  A total of 1,460 cars passed through the event.

Download the full report: McLean County 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Report (pdf)

YWCA Solar Makes Sense Presentation

The Ecology Action Center is co-hosting an event with Straight Up Solar to showcase the YWCA’s new solar installation.

You’re invited to attend this educational solar presentation that will break down how businesses and homeowners can offset their energy use with solar energy. A sampling of topics includes: the Ecology Action Center’s energy efficiency program, how solar works, national trends, utility interconnection, solar components, roofing considerations, Power Purchasing Agreements (PPAs), and state and federal incentives. There will be adequate time for questions and answers. This event is open to the public and geared towards businesses and homeowners of all sizes.

Refreshments will be provided. Reservations are not required however it is recommended due to limited seating.

 

 

Register Here! 

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 is #givingtuesday, an international day of giving.  Please consider making a donation to support the Ecology Action Center’s work to improve our local environment.  We welcome contributions towards a few different funds, depending on what priorities you choose to support.  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.  Thank you for your support!

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